Amber D. Ebarb (Tlingit) is a Program Manager with the NCAI Policy Research Center. Amber Ebarb belongs to the Raven Dog salmon clan (L’eeneidi) in Alaska. She received a BA from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She came to the National Congress of American Indians working for the legislative policy team. Her legislative portfolio includes budget and appropriations issues, the fulfillment of the federal trust responsibility, contract support costs, and technical assistance for budget consultations. Her work on budget and legislative issues highlighted the need for more reliable research and data specifically for the American Indian population and tribal programs. Amber began working with the NCAI Policy Research Center soon after its launch in 2003 with the desire to help bridge the gaps in research and data available for tribes. As a Program Manager at the NCAI Policy Research Center, she leads the work of the Census Information Center.
Sarah Cline Pytalski, MPP, is the Policy Research & Evaluation Manager at the NCAI Policy Research Center. Her current grant projects reflect how research partnerships, legal and ethical protections can enhance the health and sovereignty of Tribal Nations. After completing a BA in History & International Development at McGill University in Canada, Sarah joined AmeriCorps*VISTA and worked on the Northern Plains Initiative, a program that engaged tribal and rural communities across Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota in strategic policy planning and capacity building. While earning a Master of Public Policy at Oregon State University, she worked with local tribes to produce empirical analyses of Public Law 280 and promote tribal CASA programs to support foster youth. Now at NCAI, Sarah hopes to honor her community mentors and lift up Indian Country's strengths through data and research.
Natasha Anderson (Ihanktonwan Nakota/Ponca), JD, is the Native Youth Strategy Coordinator at the NCAI Policy Research Center. Natasha is a descendant of the Ihanktonwan Nakota and Ponca; and an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. She received her JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law and her BA from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to law school, Natasha worked three seasons as a wildland firefighter for the BIA Pacific Region. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo (West Africa), where she focused on community health education. As a former prosecutor, private attorney at an Indian law firm, and federal employee supporting tribal courts, Natasha hopes to draw upon her work and life experiences to further the vision of the First Kids 1st Initiative and support Native youth.
Dr. Deana Around Him (Cherokee), DrPH, is a Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) Fellow with the NCAI Policy Research Center. She holds a BA in Community Health from Brown University, a MS in Public Health, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health, from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. In addition to American Indian maternal and child health, Deana is interested in the translation of research to practice, culturally responsive assessment and evaluation, and building public health practice and research capacity in Indian Country.